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Sioux Central tops A-A gridders

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Alta-Aurelia QB Joe Napierala is under pressure as he prepares to launch a pass in Friday night's game against Sioux Central in Alta. Photo by Trent Johnson, Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune
ALTA - Sioux Central's Devin Tripp galloped for 273 yards on 37 rushing attempts in non-district football action here on Friday, leading the Class 1A Rebels to a 26-18 victory over the Class A Warriors.

The sophomore running back scored two touchdowns, including a 40-yard score in the first quarter. Tripp also scored two 2-point conversion runs. He has now amassed 534 yards in just two games this season. Quarterback Parker Habben scored the other two Rebel TDS, one on a 24-yard run and the other on a shorter run.

Alta-Aurelia led the contest at the half,12-6, behind a balanced offensive attack. For the game, A-A picked up 157 yards on the ground and another 167 through the air. Alex Stephan led the rushing attack, carrying the ball seven times for 121 yards,including a 42-yard run, before being sidelined with an injury, and Garrett VanHouten rushed 12 times for 42 yards.

Quarterback Joe Napierala completed 18 of his 26 pass attempts with no interceptions. Jeremiah Ruby hauled in six of the passes for 61 yards and one touchdown and Mitchell Fritz caught four balls for 50 yards to lead the Warrior receiving corps.

Turnovers hurt the Warriors as they lost three fumbles and had two punts blocked.

For the Rebel defense, Tripp was in on eight tackles, as was Ashton Anderson. Four other Rebel defenders were each involved in seven stops - seniors Tanner Archer and Austin Glawe, and juniors Matt Koenig and Tanner Lundquist. Glawe, a former Alta-Aurelia athlete, also recovered a fumble and averaged 43 yards on his three punts.

Alta-Aurelia finds itself with an 0-2 record heading into its first District game at Sibley-Ocheyedan on Friday. Sioux Central evened its record at 1-1, and will travel to 2-0 Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer on Friday to begin District action.

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